Emmett Brown built a prototype to test and show Marty McFly how to get the DeLorean time machine to travel through time by getting the car up to 88 Mph whilst taking a lightening bolt at a specific time in a short space of roadway.
This shows us how prototyping allows us to...
- Build: Try something out before we actually build it
- Measure: Validate our assumptions
- Learn: Take valuable insights from findings
Rapid Prototyping (RITE) allows us to do all of this quicker.
There are many types of prototypes...
- Clickable wireframes
- HTML, CSS & JS Websites
- Fully working demos
Choose depending on what you are trying to learn.
It should be a throw away piece of work just to get an idea of whether things will work or not.
"Please excuse the crudity of this model. I didn't have time to build it to scale or paint it."
Testing using prototypes is just the same process because you are finding out if the idea will actually work by getting up front feedback as to what needs to be changed or improved.
Unfortunately we don't have the luxury of a time machine, but we can make prototypes to test our assumptions and help us keep on the right track to try and change the future outcome.